|ACPM Headlines 3/21/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. CRISIS IN JAPAN/SWEEPING CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
We have all been struck by the haunting images from the devastation in Japan and the faces of those trapped in the seemingly unending conflicts in the Middle-East. We’ve all wondered how we can help. With the level of destruction so great and the fears of continued displacement of entire populations of people so overwhelming, the task can seem insurmountable.
Many ACPM members and their families have been directly impacted by these events. Many others are simply searching for ways to help. If you know of ways ACPM members can help, please post them on ACPM's Facebook pageor the ACPM message board.
You can also make donations to the American Red Cross at: http://www.redcross.org.
International Federation of Red Cross: http://www.ifrc.org
Below is a link to resources related to the disaster in Japan provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event - March 2011- Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
2. PRESIDENT SIGNS SIXTH SHORT-TERM FUNDING RESOLUTION
President Obama recently signed a sixth short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund federal government agencies through April 8. While the CR includes approximately $6 billion in funding cuts, funding for the preventive medicine residency training line-item at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was maintained at FY 2010 spending levels. House and Senate leaders have predicted this is the last short-term CR as members in both chambers have grown frustrated with the piece-meal budgeting approach and are eager to finalize the budget for the remaining six months of FY 2011.
3. LEADING HEALTH INDICATORS FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 RELEASED
A new report from the Institute of Medicine proposes 12 leading indicators for Healthy People 2020. The indicators embody immediate, major health concerns that should be monitored and include 24 objectives that call for priority attention in the plan's implementation. Healthy People 2020 covers 42 topics and nearly 600 objectives.
The report updates and expands on the 10 leading health indicators that served as priorities for Healthy People 2010. The indicators provide benchmarks that health experts and policymakers can use to measure progress, and the objectives set out clear, concrete goals for improvements. To read the full report and review the list of indicators and objectives by topic, visit http://bit.ly/gJ4Wak.
4. ACPM LENDS VOICE TO "ONE HEALTH” INITIATIVE
ACPM recently participated in a forum promoting the "One Health” philosophy of addressing issues at the nexus of human and animal health, titled "One Health Roundtable: Uniting Leaders in Public and Animal Health.” ACPM has been a staunch advocate of the One Health approach and led the successful introduction and adoption of a 2007 AMA resolution calling on the AMA to support and promote collaboration between human and animal health.
Participants at the roundtable meeting recognized the unique role preventive medicine physicians play in advancing the One Health philosophy and agreed to work collaboratively with ACPM in efforts to better define and promote the One Health concept.
ACPM’s position statement on Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Screening in Adults has been published in the March 2011 issue ofAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine. The statement, authored by Drs. Lionel Lim, Nowreen Haq, Shamail Mahmood and Laura Hoeksema and members of the ACPM Prevention Practice Committee, recommendscoronary heart diseaserisk assessment using the Framingham Risk Score to guide risk-based therapy.
ACPM does not recommend routine screening of the general adult population using electrocardiogram, exercise-stress testing, computed tomography scanning, ankle-brachial index, carotid intima medial thickness, or emerging risk factors, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. ACPM does not recommend routine screening of the general adult population forcarotid artery stenosisorperipheral artery disease. ACPM recommends one-time routineabdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)screening in men aged 65–75 years who have ever smoked and routineAAAscreening in women is not recommended.
To read the complete statement and how the College’s recommendations compare to the USPSTF and recommendations of other organizations, visit http://www.acpm.org/pol_positionstate.htm.
Policy and Practice
6. SENATE PASSES ACPM ENDORSED-RESOLUTION PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The U.S. Senate recently passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) affirming the importance of exercise and encouraging the development of incentives to promote physical activity to combat obesity, reduce chronic disease and lower health care costs. ACPM endorsed the bipartisan resolution and worked with both lawmakers to secure its passage.
To view a copy of the resolution, visit http://1.usa.gov/gyNqlI.
7. IOM REPORT ADDRESSES INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH LITERACY
The Institute of Medicine has released a report from its Roundtable on Health Literacy, which convened on May 27, 2010, to explore areas for research in health literacy, the relationship between health literacy and health disparities, and ways to apply information technology to improve health literacy. Leaders from three government agencies presented the new National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (NAP), and participants examined the role research can play in achieving the goals the NAP sets forth. The Innovations in Health Literacy Workshop Summary is now available for free on the IOM website: http://bit.ly/g3EY0A.
8. US PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE APPOINTS NEW LEADERS
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has announced the appointments of Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, as chair, and Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH, and Michael L. LeFevre, MD, MSPH, as co-vice chairs of the Task Force. The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of 16 private-sector experts in prevention and primary care that makes recommendations to primary care clinicians about preventive services such as screenings, counseling, or preventive medications that may benefit patients before they experience signs or symptoms of a condition.More information, including biographies for each new and existing member, is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
9. STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN PAYMENT PREFERENCES SURVEY
There still is time to participate in the international payment preference survey announced in the February 4 edition ofACPM Headlines. Over 40 international societies, including ACPM, are participating as survey supporters, but more individual member responses are needed to ensure the survey’s success. The survey will remain open through April 30.
You can access the survey online through:
(When your surname begins with the letter A - I)
(When your surname begins with the letter J - R)
(When your surname begins with the letter S - Z)
Three Universities are currently organizing a survey study across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe to shed light on the payment mechanisms of healthcare provision. Policy makers are increasingly examining and/or implementing schemes that alter the scope and criteria of payment. Next to Salary, Fee For Service, Prospective Payment and Capitation, new forms are introduced such as Pay for Performance, Shared Savings, etc. To understand and inform how care providers are paid, and will be paid in the future, the study is intended to assess the preferences of multiple stakeholders (physicians, policy makers, etc.) for payment systems, how these stakeholders value various payment system effects, which tradeoffs they make, and how these choices differ between stakeholder groups.
ACPM lends its support to this study and encourages all of its members to participate. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the survey. Those who participate in the study will receive a detailed study report explaining the study findings, with comparisons across health systems and across stakeholder groups.
10. AHRQ SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL PREVENTIVE SERVICES
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seekingResearch Program Project Grant applications from organizations to become a Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services with a focus on one of three programmatic areas: (1) patient safety; (2) health equity; or (3) health care system implementation.
AHRQ is providing this support for research center grants to foster innovative, synergistic, and targeted research on clinical preventive services. These Centers will complement the efforts of other federal investments in prevention and public health by focusing on the role of the formal health care system, and primary care in particular, in improving the health of all Americans, in increasing the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of the health care system, and in improving patient experience, through the implementation of evidence-based clinical preventive services.
For more information on this grant, including information on the application process, please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.pdf.
11. UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY TO LAUNCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH PHYSICIANS IN NANOSCALE MEDICINE
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany and SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) have established of a first-of-its-kind, dual degree program in both medicine and nanoscale science and engineering, which will enable nanomedicine innovations designed to transform and enhance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.